Stuck in Italy due to health problems? Apply for a medical treatment temporary permit

Apr 27, 2020


Foreigners who are in particularly serious health conditions and for whom returning to the country of origin or provenance would constitute a serious health risks cannot be expelled from the country (art. 19 Decree 286/1998). In this case, it is possible to apply for a residence permit for medical treatment (permesso di soggiorno per cure mediche). The application shall be filed directly at the Police Office and requires submission of a medical certificate (issued by a public hospital or private hospital accredited by the national health system) specifying that:


  • the medical diagnosis and type of illness;
  • the illness is particularly serious;
  • the medical treatment cannot be carried out in in the applicant’s country or that returning to the country of origin or provenance could cause serious harm to the applicant’s health;
  • the projected length of the treatment and of hospitalization.


The permit is issued for maximum one year and it is renewable if the health conditions continue to be in place.

Giuditta Petreni

Giuditta Petreni has over 10 years of experience in assisting companies and business investors with relocation of managers and staff to Italy. Giuditta has extensive experience advising corporate and private clients on a full range of Italian immigration categories. She is fluent in Italian and English.

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